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Burning Plan

My friends are big fans of bonfires, but I’m feeling ashen

Earth Hour is here, and one group wants to celebrate with a bonfire -- but a worried reader has written to advice maven Umbra Fisk to find out whether that's particulate-ly appropriate.

Dust to Dust

Psst, do you know microfiber’s dirty little secret?

A reader in Utah is looking for the 'zero-wastiest' way to clean and wonders if microfiber cloths are the answer. Not so fast, says advice maven Umbra Fisk -- those little fibers are big trouble.

Pod People

Detergent pods are handy, but can I use them with a clean conscience?

A reader from Houston wonders what those cute little laundry soap-pods are actually wrapped in -- and asks advice maven Umbra Fisk whether they do more harm than good.

Grayed Expectations

Bet you didn’t know your washing machine could do this

Why use water once when you can use it twice? Advice maven Umbra Fisk helps a reader in California spin through the details of putting laundry water to work in the garden.

Sketchy Etch

Is my tattoo full of toxic chemicals?

Tattoos are great, right? Except for the part where you might be injecting your flesh with carcinogens and heavy metals. Get the skinny from advice maven Umbra Fisk.

Don't Fence Me In

Which type of fence material is greenest?

A new homeowner needs help deciding which material is best to fence in his yard. Advice maven Umbra Fisk writes a post. Post! Get it? Oh fine: She has some ideas for him.

I Said Good Bidet, Sir

Everybody wipes — so what’s the best method?

How do wet wipes stack up against bidets? A forward-thinking potty user wants to know, and advice maven Umbra Fisk handles the question with due urgency.

Bar None

Can I get drunk without destroying the planet?

A recent trip to New Orleans and Florida has one reader wondering why cocktails are so often served in plastic cups -- and if there's any way to stem this wasteful tide. Advice maven Umbra Fisk bellies up to the …

A Fit of Peak

Is charging my phone at night a smooth environmental move?

When a reader in Connecticut wonders whether it matters what time of day he charges his laptop and phone, advice maven Umbra Fisk powers up a nerd-tastic response.